A report Sunday on CBS, citing sources who know outgoing Browns president Mike Holmgren well, said he would have "serious interest" if the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job opens up. Holmgren responded by saying he's had no contact with Dallas, and wouldn't do that with current head coach Jason Garrett working there.
Holmgren, who held a farewell news conference on Oct. 23 and said then he'd be interested in coaching again, showed up to address the Browns' media contingent Monday to say he would not want to have his name mentioned in rumors with a coach still working.
"I just wouldn't do that," he told reporters. "So help me with that, please. I'm telling you the way it is. I have no idea how any of that stuff gets started, but I'm telling you the straight scoop on that, OK?
"... I would never do that to anybody. I have tremendous respect for, obviously, Jason Garrett."
Holmgren was hired three years ago by Randy Lerner to be the Browns' team president, but was ushered out when Jimmy Haslam bought the team.
At his going-away news conference, Holmgren seemed dour about leaving, but admitted he missed coaching.
Browns fans, already irate that his tenure led to a combined 11-30 record, would not take kindly if Holmgren coaches another team after insisting he did not want to coach while with the Browns.